Dr David Harvie

Associate Professor in Finance and Political EconomyDavid Harvie

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5339
  • Email: david.harvie@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 609, Level 6, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office Hours: By appointment.

Personal details

PhD, MA, BSc

I joined the School in September 2005, having previously taught at the University of Leeds and Nottingham Trent University. I hold a PhD in economics, an MA in economics and a BSc in economics and mathematics, all awarded by the University of Leeds. I am also a member of the writing collective The Free Association and an editor of Turbulence: Ideas for Movement. I am also Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies.


Economics for Management (core 1st-year module on BA Management Studies)

Foundations of Knowledge (core 1st-year module on BA Management Studies)



Free Association, The (2011) Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest and Everyday Life, Oakland, CA: PM Press.

Turbulence Collective (2010) eds. What Would it Mean to Win?, Oakland, CA: PM Press.

Harvie, David, Keir Milburn, Ben Trott and David Watts (2005) eds, Shut Them Down! The G8, Gleneagles 2005 and the Movement of Movements, Leeds: Dissent! and Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia.

Journal articles

Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (forthcoming) ‘On the uses of fairy dust’, Culture and Organization.

Dowling, Emma and David Harvie (2014) ‘Harnessing the social: state, society and (big) society’, Sociology, 48(5): 869-886.

Harvie, David, Geoff Lightfoot, Simon Lilley and Kenneth Weir (2013) ‘Publisher, be damned! From price gouging to the open road’, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, 13(3): 229-239. Available here. [See associated report in Times Higher Education, 5 June 2014, and a coda to the story, also in Times Higher Education, 19 June 2014.]

Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (2013) ‘The moral economy of the English crowd in the twenty-first century’, South Atlantic Quarterly, 112(3): 559-567. Available here.

Brown, Gareth, Emma Dowling, David Harvie and Keir Milburn (2013)  ‘Careless talk: social reproduction and fault-lines of the crisis in the UK’, Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order, 39(1): 68-85.

Cromby, John and Dimitris Papadopoulos (2012) ‘Interpretations of Excess: an interview with The Free Association’, Subjectivity, 5: 438-463. Preprint available here.

Harvie, David, Geoff Lightfoot, Simon Lilley and Kenneth Weir (2012) ‘What are we to do with feral publishers?’, Organization, 19(6): 905-914. Download preprint [See report and opinion piece in Times Higher Education, 1 November.]

Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (2010) ‘How organizations value and how value organizes’, Organization, 17(5): 631–636.

Free Association, The (2010) ‘Antagonism, neoliberalism and movements: six impossible things before breakfast’, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 42(4): 1019–1033.

De Angelis, Massimo and David Harvie (2009) ‘ “Cognitive Capitalism” and the Rat-Race: How Capital Measures Immaterial Labour in British Universities', Historical Materialism, 17(3): 3–30.

Harvie, David, Bruce Philp, Gary Slater and Dan Wheatley (2009) ‘Economic well-being and British regions: the problem with GDP per capita’, Review of Social Economy, 67(4): 483–505.

De Angelis, Massimo and David Harvie (2008) ‘Globalization? No Question! Foreign Direct Investment and Labor Commanded’, Review of Radical Political Economics, 40(4): 429–444. Download PDF

Turbulence Collective (2007) ‘Move into the light? Postscript to a turbulent 2007’, ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 7(4): 588–600. Download PDF

Harvie, David, M.A. Kelmanson and D.G. Knapp (2007) ‘A dynamical model of business-cycle asymmetries: extending Goodwin’, Economic Issues, 12: 1: 53–92.

Harvie, David and Bruce Philp (2006) ‘Learning and Assessment in a Reading Group Format’, International Review of Economics Education, 10(2). Download PDF

Harvie, David (2006) ‘Value-production and struggle in the classroom’, Capital and Class, 88 (Spring): 1–32. Download PDF

Free Association, The (2005) ‘Event Horizon’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 5(4): 568–579. Download PDF

Philp, Bruce, Gary Slater and David Harvie (2005) ‘Preferences, power and the determination of working hours’, Journal of Economic Issues, 39 (March): 75–90. Download PDF

Harvie, David (2005) ‘All labour produces value and we all struggle against value’, The Commoner, 10 (Spring/Summer). Download PDF

Harvie, David (2004) ‘Commons and community in the university: some notes and some examples', The Commoner, 10 (Autumn/Winter). Download PDF

Harvie, David (2000) ‘Alienation, class and enclosure in UK universities’, Capital and Class, 71 (Summer): 103–132. Download PDF

Harvie, David (2000) ‘Testing Goodwin: growth cycles in ten OECD countries’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 24 (March): 349–376.

Harvie, David (1996) ‘Aggregate productivity in the post-war British coal industry’, International Review of Applied Economics, 10(3): 401–426.

Book chapters

Lightfoot, Geoff and David Harvie (2015) ‘Finance: finding a philosophical fit?’ In Raza Mir, Hugh Willmot and Michelle Greenwood (eds) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies, London: Routledge: 388-394.

De Angelis, Massimo and David Harvie (2014) ‘The Commons’. In Martin Parker, George Cheney, Valérie Fournier and Chris Land (eds) The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization, London: Routledge: 280-294.

Free Association, The (2013) ‘On shock and organisation: riots, resistance and the need for consistency’. In Rebecca Fisher (ed) Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent: Capitalism, Democracy and the Organisation of Consent, London: Corporate Watch. Available here

Free Association, The (2012) ‘On fairy dust and rupture’. In Alessio Lunghi and Seth Wheeler (eds) Occupy Everything: Reflections on why it's kicking off everywhere, Brooklyn, NY: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia: 24-31. Available here

Grady, Jo and David Harvie (2011) ‘Neoliberalism’. In Mark Tadajewski, Liz Parsons, Pauline MacLaren and Martin Parker (eds) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies, London: Sage.

Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (2011) ‘Capitalism/anticapitalism’. In Mark Tadajewski, Liz Parsons, Pauline MacLaren and Martin Parker (eds) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies, London: Sage.

Free Association, The (2010) ‘Worlds in motion’. In Turbulence Collective (eds) What Would it Mean to Win?, Oakland, CA: PM Press: 98–104.

Turbulence Collective (2010) ‘Move into the light? Postscript to a turbulent 2007 In Turbulence Collective (eds) What Would it Mean to Win?, Oakland, CA: PM Press: 121–132.

Leeds May Day Group (2008), ‘Anti-Capitalist Movements’. In Werner Bonefeld (ed), Subverting The Present — Imagining The Future: Insurrection, Movement, Commons, Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia: 127–138.

Harvie, David (2008) ‘Academic labor: producing value and producing struggle’. In Tony Green, Glenn Rikowski and Helen Raduntz (eds), Renewing Dialogues in Marxism and Education: Openings, London: Palgrave Macmillan: 231–247.

Harvie, David (2007) ‘Markets’. In Martin Parker, Valérie Fournier and Patrick Reedy (eds) Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization, London: Zed Books: 171–174.

Free Association, The (2005) ‘On the Road’. In David Harvie, Keir Milburn, Ben Trott and David Watts (eds), Shut Them Down! The G8, Gleneagles 2005 and the Movement of Movements, Leeds: Dissent! and Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia: 17–26. Download PDF

Reviews and comments

Harvie, David (2014) ‘A bequest from the barricades’. Review of Christian Scholl, Two sides of a barricade: (Dis)order and summit protest in Europe (Albany: SUNY Press, 2012), ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 14(4): 1057–1061. Download PDF

Harvie, David (2013) Review of David Eden, Autonomy: Capitalism, Class and Politics (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), Working USA, 16(3): 413–417.

Harvie, David (2013) Review of Carl Cederström and Peter  Fleming, Dead Man Working (Winchester and Washington: Zero Books, 2012), Working USA, 16(3): 417–419.

Cluley, Robert and David Harvie (2011) Comment on David Graeber, ‘Consumption’, Current Anthropology, 52(4): 502–503.

Harvie, David (2009) ‘From here to there... to where?’ Review of Göran Therborn, From Marxism to Post-Marxism? (London & New York: Verso, 2008), ephemera: theory and politics in organization, 9(3): 252–256. Download PDF

Harvie, David (2009) Review of Tara Brabazon, The University of Google: Education in the (post) information age (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), Capital and Class, 98: 161–163.

Harvie, David (2008) Review of Dick Bryan and Michael Rafferty, Capitalism with Derivatives: A Political Economy of Financial Derivatives, Capital and Class (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke and New York, 2006), Economic Issues, 13(2): 73–75. Download PDF

Harvie, David (2004) Review of Werner Bonefeld and Sergio Tischler (eds) What is to be Done? Leninism, anti-Leninist Marxism and the question of revolution today (Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2002), Capital and Class, 83 (Summer): 196–202. Download PDF

Harvie, David (2003) Review of Simon Cooper, John Hinkson and Geoff Sharp (eds) Scholars and Entrepreneurs: The Universities in Crisis (Melbourne: Arena Publications, 2002), Capital and Class, 81 (Autumn), pp. 142-146. Download PDF

Harvie, David (2000) Review of Richard Huggett, Catastrophism: Asteroids, Comets, and Other Dynamic Events in Earth History, 2nd edition (London and New York: Verso, 1997), Capital and Class, 72 (Autumn): 217–219.

Harvie, David (2000) Review of Anthony Bogues, Caliban’s Freedom: The Early Political Thought of C.L.R. James (London and Chicago, IL.: Pluto Press, 1998). In Capital and Class, 70 (Spring ): 162–163.

Harvie, David (1999) Review of Peter Berresford Ellis (ed.), James Connolly: Selected Writings, 2nd edition (London and Chicago, IL.: Pluto, 1997) and Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh (ed.), James Connolly: The Lost Writings (London and Chicago, IL.: Pluto, 1997). In Capital and Class, 69 (Autumn): 178-180.

Harvie, David 1998) Review of Willie Thompson, The Left in History: Revolution and Reform in Twentieth-Century Politics (London and Chicago, IL.: Pluto, 1997). In Capital and Class, 66 (Autumn): 175–176.

Harvie, David (1997) Review of Lindsey German, A Question of Class (London, Chicago and Sydney: Bookmarks, 1996). In Capital and Class, 63 (Autumn): 146.

Harvie, David (1997) Review of Jan Pakulski and Malcolm Waters, The Death of Class (London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1996). In Capital and Class, 62 (Summer): 192–193.

Harvie, David (1996) Review of Marc Augé, Non-places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, translated by John Howe (London and New York: Verso, 1995). In Capital and Class, 60 (Autumn): 144–145.


Harvie, David (2015) ‘Anti-social finance’, Management is too Important Not to Debate blog, 11 February.

Harvie, David (2015) ‘Does my society look big in this?’, Progress in Political Economy blog, 7 January.

Harvie, David, Brian Layng and Keir Milburn (2014) ‘Republicans at Burning Man, Tories at Glastonbury - what does it mean?’, The Guardian, 18 September.

Harvie, David, Brian Layng and Keir Milburn (2014) ‘Why are comedians, not musicians talking ’bout a revolution?’, The Guardian, 12 May.

Harvie, David (2013)  ‘The chancellor George Osborne won't implement Plan B. We need a Plan C’, Leicester Mercury, 29 January.

Harvie, David (2012) ‘No surprise in ways that big business acts’, Leicester Mercury, 7 December.

Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (2011) ‘Ed Miliband's "quiet crisis" is down to capitalism’, The Guardian, 27 September.

Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (2011) ‘The zombie of neoliberalism can be beaten – through mass direct action’, The Guardian, 5 August.

Harvie, David (2011) ‘Good life, good living and national wellbeing’, Leicester Exchanges, 16 February.


I have a range of research interests. I have written on value theory and its relationship to the problematic of measure; the political economy of education; globalisation; time, working hours and productivity; and social movements and anticapitalism. At the moment, my research focuses on ethics and finance; on social investment and the nascent social investment market; and on the political economy of social reproduction and the commons. Many published texts are available here.


I am interested in supervising students who share any of my research interests. Previous and current doctoral students include:

Amee Kim – ‘Yin and Yang and the representation of the financial crisis in Korea’ (2015)

Neil Lancastle – ‘“Of zero value and potentially destabilising”: the carry trade’ (2015)

Charles Barthold – ‘Resisting financialisation with Deleuze and Guattari’ (2015)

Hadia Hina, ‘Commercialization of Microfinance: The Impact in Pakistan’ (2014)

Yan Li, ‘Lessons from the Crisis: Dangers and Opportunities in the Asian Financial Crisis’ (2011)

Leonidas Efthymiou, ‘Workplace Control and Resistance from Below: An Ethnographic Study in a Cypriot Luxury Hotel’ (2010) [Winner of the Critical Management Studies at the Academy of Management Best Dissertation prize, 2012]

Gareth Brown – Can a Knife of Shadows Cut Real Flesh from a Living Tree? The Organisation of Imaginal Commons

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